Cloud solutions leader homes in on growth within Sunshine State 

CHICAGO – January 17, 2023AHEAD, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions, announced today a key addition to its sales leadership team. Blake Russell has joined the company as Managing Director of AHEAD’s Florida market. 

Russell is responsible for growing the AHEAD brand in Florida and attracting top sales and engineering talent. He will focus on strengthening relationships with strategic partners and helping clients leverage AHEAD’s breadth of professional and managed services. 

A veteran of the Florida market, Russell brings a proven track record of building high-performing teams within multiple organizations and capturing new market share across the region. 

Russell spent 10 years with global IT solutions provider, SHI International, focused on sales in the Southeast region. He also led the Eastern region software solutions group for Insight, and most recently served as area vice president for deep-learning cybersecurity firm, Deep Instinct. He is an alumnus of Florida State University. 

“Blake’s deep history and knowledge of the Florida market, combined with his long track record of capturing market share make him a valuable part of our team,” said Chris McMillen, AHEAD’s executive vice president of sales for the South region. “We’re focused on growing and building deeper relationships in Florida and Blake is a key part of that approach.” 

“The level of sales, engineering and advisory talent at AHEAD is unlike anything I’ve seen in the industry,” said Russell. “I’ve admired this team of leaders and builders for many years, and I’m excited to bring the capabilities of AHEAD to the Florida market.” 

For more information about AHEAD and its services, visit www.ahead.com. 



About AHEAD 

AHEAD builds platforms for digital business. Combining cloud-native capabilities in software and data engineering with an unparalleled track record of modernizing infrastructure, we are uniquely positioned to help clients accelerate the promise of digital transformation. 

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